Prescription Drugs

Arrest Data

The number of arrests made by the police is often viewed as a key measure of law enforcement's productivity and effectiveness in addressing crime. However, law enforcement practices and reporting of arrests can differ significantly from country to country. In addition to identifying law enforcement's involvement in a particular incident, PSI collects information concerning arrests as one indicator of a government's commitment to addressing pharmaceutical crime. A small number of arrests may indicate that the government has not assigned a high priority to enforcement.

Through member and open source reports, PSI found:

  • 2,574 persons were arrested for counterfeiting, illegally diverting or stealing pharmaceuticals

  • The number of arrests rose one percent (+1%) from the global arrests in CY 2019

  • On a percentage basis, the largest number of arrests were in the Asia Pacific region












Considering the type of activity the arrested person was engaged in, we found:

  • Arrests decreased across all categories except transportation

  • Transportation arrests increased from 379 to 594

  • Manufacturing arrests decreased from 367 to 252

  • Distribution arrests decreased from 396 to 294
  • Point of Sale arrests decreased from 925 to 652

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